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Thus Begins the Bolton Administration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Left Behind by Korea’s Success, Boston Review

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Hankyoreh

The Banality of Haspel, Foreign Policy In Focus

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China, Foreign Policy In Focus

With Tillerson Out, Trump Is Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper into the Dark Side, Fortune

Killmonger’s World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead, TomDispatch

Hunting Witches in Washington, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Those Trump-Kim Talks Might Go, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Nobel for Donald Trump over Korea? Hankyoreh

The New New Cold War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Oh, Magog! Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Majoritarian Dream, Foreign Policy In Focus

No Diplomacy for South Korea, Hankyoreh

Russiagate or Deep State? Foreign Policy In Focus

Russiaburger, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dr. Evil’s First Year in Office, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Foreign Policy of Sticks and Stones, Foreign Policy In Focus

Walking Back War in Korea, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump and the Iran Protests, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: The Costs of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Insurrectionists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Eastern Europe Marches Right, Democracy Journal

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism, TomDispatch

When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Division, Hankyoreh

Trump’s New Blame Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Building on the Good News from Asia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering, TomDispatch

The Fall of the House of ISIS, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collaborationists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

The Semtex President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Things Fall Apart, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Germany and the Rise of the “Fascist International,” Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s Time to Deal with North Korea, Newsday

The Rohingya and the Responsibility to Ignore, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party, Foreign Policy In Focus

The President Is a Ponzi, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Racism Heard Round the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Regime Change in Washington? Hankyoreh

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy, TomDispatch

Mulligan in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Anti-Corruption Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

Isolating the Isolated, Hankyoreh

Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s a Bad Jew? Foreign Policy In Focus

A Fairy Tale from 2050, TomDispatch

Trump: Let’s Make a (Good) Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pushing Rewind on 2016, Foreign Policy In Focus

Honoring Otto Warmbier, Hankyoreh

America’s Violent Century, Korean Quarterly

Russia Versus Jobs, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Coming Conflict with Iran, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia’s Not the Country Benefitting the Most from Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can South Korea Help Prevent a U.S. Attack on North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Politics of Paper, Breach the Fourth Wall

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia, TomDispatch

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Apology Tour, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Nixonization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Reinvent the European Left, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Peak at Paper, DC Theatre Scene

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea? Hankyoreh

Worst. 100 Days. Ever., Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hunger President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe, USA Today

New Trump, Old Bottles, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? Hankyoreh

Trump: Invasive Species, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Is from Mars, Foreign Policy In Focus

I Am the Enemy, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cyberhacking of All against All, Hankyoreh

Doubling Down on Dystopia, TomDispatch

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Making America Mediocre Again, Foreign Policy in Focus

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump, OtherWords

A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Shape, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump v. Islam, The Islamic Monthly

Killer Presidents, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Complete the Pacific Pivot? Hankyoreh

Forget America First: It’s America Alone, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Beneficial Contributions Trump Will Make to World Affairs, Foreign Policy in Focus

Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

 

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

 

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

 

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Has Obama Already Forgotten about Asia? Hankyoreh

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater, 38North

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


Thus Begins the Bolton Administration

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration

For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN spent much of the last decade consolidating his political base through stints at right-wing institutes like the American Enterprise Institute, media appearances on Fox, and the occasional reckless op-ed. He considered running for president in 2012 and 2016 but chose not to take the risk. Instead, he raised large amounts of money for extreme...

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Left Behind by Korea’s Success

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Articles, Book Reviews, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Left Behind by Korea’s Success

In South Korea these days, a popular dish at trendy restaurants is budae jjigae—an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink stew full of noodles, red pepper paste, Spam, sausages, kimchi, American cheese, baked beans, tofu, and whatever else the chef might want to throw into the mix. Budae means “battalion” in Korean, which points to the stew’s origins in the Korean War. The conflict took a heavy toll on agriculture and livestock—not to mention able-bodied farmers—and pushed many Koreans to the brink of starvation. Those living close...

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What Would Korean Reunification Look Like?

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like?

Korean reunification is, for the most part, an ideal rather than a concrete plan. But that hasn’t always been the case. In the 1950s, reunification was a military goal: the forced absorption of one side by the other. Neither side was able to achieve that goal. In the 1960s and 1970s, when the two Koreas were rather similar in political structure, economic development, and cultural attitudes, reunification was a possible political project, as the two Koreas discussed ways to create a joint representative body. Those negotiations broke down...

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The Banality of Haspel

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The Banality of Haspel

Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former CIA directors, three former directors of national intelligence, and two former secretaries of state. It would be hard to find someone with more experience to run the CIA. And that’s why she’s a terrible choice. I’m not just talking about her involvement in the torture policy of...

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Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East

The president giveth and he taketh away. Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his “chosen people.” Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn’t receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings. But he can also reward his followers, and those who curry his favor, with positions of power and untold riches. This month, Trump will appear as both of these avatars. By meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump promises to wave his...

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Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible

In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence, and stable societies descend into chaos. On the other side of spectrum, peace agreements that only Pollyannas thought possible are suddenly on the table after months of secret talks, as wicked problems untangle themselves and bitter enemies clasp hands. If politics is the art of the possible, geopolitics is the tectonics of the impossible. Huge plates of rock shift, with little if any warning. Leaders...

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Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Articles, China, Featured | 0 comments

Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China

By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he’s brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go after Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian leader’s alleged use of chemical weapons, and revived disgusting characterizations of Mexicans as rapists. Who can even remember Russiagate or Stormy Daniels with these non-stop disruptions? As Bob Odenkirk jokes in The New Yorker, you’d...

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With Tillerson Out, Trump’s Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper Into the Dark Side

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

With Tillerson Out, Trump’s Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper Into the Dark Side

The gloves are off in the White House now that Mike Pompeo is slated to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Whatever restraining influence Tillerson had on the president – and, frankly, it was minimal – Donald Trump is now about to veer headlong into the “dark side” of foreign policy, much as the George W. Bush administration did after September 11. When Trump appointed Tillerson to head up the State Department, the Washington foreign policy elite didn’t quite know what to make of the former Exxon CEO. Although Tillerson...

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Killmonger’s World

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Human Rights | 0 comments

Killmonger’s World

Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Trump himself. They are all firm believers in armed domination. In this respect, they share an unlikely bond with Erik Killmonger, the villain of the movie Black Panther. He’s an angry orphan who has been rejected by Wakanda, the magical kingdom in Africa that produces superheroes like the Black Panther. His Wakandan father married an African-American woman, plotted an armed uprising in...

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Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Human Rights | 0 comments

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead

Donald Trump has a plan to solve America’s drug crisis: kill the drug dealers. “We have pushers and drugs dealers, they are killing hundreds and hundreds of people,” Trump said at a recent White House summit on opioid abuse. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do.” Trump claims he got the idea for killing drug dealers from his pal, Chinese president for life, Xi Jinping. That’s a first: an American president openly borrowing...

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